\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic
2a : a gallery in a church or hall
b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft
c : hayloft
3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b : the act of lofting
4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft
2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket
3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air
2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ ˈlȯft-​ˌlīk How to pronounce loftlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

attic, cockloft, garret

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

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Examples of loft in a Sentence


The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft.


He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the standout features on the houseboat are the breathtaking views from the waterside, visible from both the living room on the lower level and the loft bedroom with its own patio above. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "House tour: It’s always summer on this Sausalito houseboat," 31 Aug. 2019 There are two bathrooms, two regular bedrooms and a loft with three single beds that looks out onto the living room area with a secured bannister for safety. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Christmas Never Ends At This Holiday-Themed Airbnb," 28 Aug. 2019 One corner of the building is the former recording studio of Blink-182, which — for some odd reason — is equipped with a fire station pole for quickly exiting a sleeping loft above. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Once a broke surfer, this San Diego entrepreneur built dream life on an $800 investment," 16 Aug. 2019 Russian Doll stars Natasha Lyonne as Nadia, a woman who repeatedly dies and then finds herself back at the same party on the same night at her friend Maxine's New York loft — presenting a unique problem for the team involved with crafting the show. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Handmaid's Tale,' 'Mrs. Maisel' and More Series' Cinematographers on Filming "Pastel" 1950s New York and a Dark, Dystopian Gilead," 15 Aug. 2019 The local developer of the Russell also owns a small loft property downtown and is working on another church-to-hotel transformation in East Nashville. Fortune, "How New Nashville Hotels Are Bucking the Airbnb Trend," 20 July 2019 There will be 44 loft units available in sizes ranging from micro to one- and two-bedroom units. Anna Beahm |,, "New Ideal changes loft plans," 16 July 2019 With the fantasy suite card in hand, the two head to the aforementioned windmill (the bed is in a loft-like area). David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette' recap: Hannah and Luke have a heated confrontation about sex," 9 July 2019 Their 4,000-square-foot artist’s loft in SoHo became a hub for artistic collaborations., "Camille Billops, artist who filmed her mother-daughter struggle, dies at 85," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those who aren’t vandalizing are busy concealing it, lofting a movable roof of umbrellas to shield demonstrators from Hong Kong’s ubiquitous closed-circuit security cameras. Matt Bradley, NBC News, "As Hong Kong protests turn violent, one man fights to preserve middle ground," 24 Aug. 2019 Heath lofted a floating ball into the box, and Sonnett swung at it mid-air to redirect it past Bledsoe. Caitlin Murray | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Thorns cruise past Spirit, put NWSL Shield in sight," 17 Aug. 2019 The Revolution then resorted to lofting ineffective balls over the top. Frank Dell’apa,, "Revolution’s 11-game unbeaten streak halted by LAFC," 3 Aug. 2019 But Park went after the next pitch and lofted a fly ball straight up for catcher Christian Villarreal, who made the catch and Pearland East’s biggest out. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland 10s defeat Needville to capture Texas East state championship," 24 July 2019 Until the 50th minute, when Tobin Heath juked Sweden’s Jonna Andersson -- and froze two other defenders -- and lofted the ball over Lindahl’s head into the upper corner of the net. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: With dominant World Cup win over Sweden, USWNT puts the rest of the field on notice," 20 June 2019 In 7-on-7 drills, Carr lofted his first pass of the day to Williams, who was double-covered in the end zone. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ offense has flashes — and lulls — in practice with Rams," 7 Aug. 2019 Portland Timbers defender Jorge Moreira lofted a beautiful cross into the box for Cristhian Paredes in the 37th minute of Saturday’s game against the LA Galaxy. Jamie Goldberg,, "Jorge Moreira developing into crucial piece on Portland Timbers’ backline," 1 Aug. 2019 Darlington Nagbe lofted a cross that Martinez headed home from point-blank range to open the scoring in the 89th minute. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Brigade win regular-season finale, will face top-seeded Empire in AFL playoffs," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things
: a high section of seats in a church or hall
: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building
2 : a balcony in a church
3 : an upper part of a barn

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